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Category Archive: BangShift Projects, FORD, Project Cars

Project Phantom, Part 2: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

Note: if you haven’t read the first installment of Joe Grippo’s Project Phantom, check it out by CLICKING HERE. (Words and photos by Joe Grippo) The last installment of Project Phantom...

Rough Start Fox Body: So Much For The Budget! We’ve Got Plenty Of Parts For Our Forlorn Fox!

I don’t care how good you are at scrapping things together, sooner or later you’re going to have to invest some money into a cheap car project. And that time for investment has come for...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: Getting The Wheel And Rack To Talk With Borgeson Parts!

On the positive side, I’m finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the SN-95 five-lug conversion of the Great Pumpkin, our 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia. The rear axle is...

Rough Start Fox Mustang: Engine Progress, Detail Work And Bonus Pumpkin Work Too!

We’ve been saying it ever since the whole stay home, stay safe mindset came into being: if you’re gonna be stuck at home, there’s a garage and probably a project car that needs...

Morning Symphony: Project Angry Grandpa Awakens From A Restful Period

If I’m going to be stuck at home and I’m not allowed to play Grand Theft Auto the whole time, then I’m going to put the shop to good use. And I have…the 302 meant for the...

Rough Start Fox Body Quick Update: A Follow-Up On The Small-Block’s Internals

This isn’t so much another part of the Rough Start Fox Body Mustang’s build as it is a follow-up. Since the best case of action for anybody is to keep their backsides at home and away...

Rough Start Fox Body, Part 4: Tearing Into The 302 Earmarked For The Red Mustang

The time came. The sun was finally shining, the ground was drying up, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day than to tear apart the 302 that has been sitting patiently in my...

Project Raven Imperial: The Conclusion To Nearly Two Decades Of FJM Madness

It’s official, it’s gone. As of yesterday afternoon my ownership of the 1983 Imperial that we dubbed Project Raven has officially ended. The car was sold to someone who is just as...

BangShift Project Files: We Check In On The Turbo Lincoln Mark VII Build!

The three of us have our deals. Chad’s got a list of projects that he works on quietly and brings out when he feels like it. I’ve got my home for wayward, dirt-cheap, “might run...

The Rough Start Fox Body, Part 3: More HVAC Work And New Parts Start Appearing!

When we last updated the Rough Start Fox 1989 Ford Mustang LX, I’d decided to take on the repair of the HVAC unit single-handedly. That’s not a small feat…in fact, from everything...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: Getting Back To Work After Nearly A Year!

I had such good intentions when I started gutting the original suspension components out of the 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia that we call the Great Pumpkin. I had the spindles, the rear axle, everything...

Rough Start Fox Body, Part 2: Starting The Scrubbing And The Notorious Heater Core Job

The fun part of doing a project car build with a vehicle purchased in early January is the weather. It sucks out loud…you hope and pray for a half-decent day so that you can get some stuff...

Rough Start Fox Body, Part 1: Meet Our $600 1989 Mustang LX!

From the moment I got hired on to write here at BangShift, I’ve championed the idea of spending the least amount of money to have the maximum amount of fun in the process. The Rough Start...

BangShift Power Laggin’ Project Truck Update: Let’s Fix Some Really Questionable Stuff!

Welcome back to our coverage of Project Power Laggin’! Follow along as we take a tired 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon we found in Central Maine and transform it from a derelict roadside attraction to...